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Sensor Workshop

Environmental Sensor use for Quantifying Neural Exposure to Inertial and Blast Forces

Saturday, July 8th, 2017 from 7:45 AM to 6:00 PM - FREE

Sponsored by The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the Department of Defense, JPC-5 Military Operational Medicine

Optional Box Lunch available - $15.00 (Add ticket to your registration cart in the NNS Webshop to reserve)

Session Description

Both blast and head impact sensors have been available to researchers for over 10 years and have offered some insights into the biomechanics of brain injury, but they also have received criticism due to technical limitations. In the last few years, there has been significant progress in new technologies and analytical approaches, with varying degrees of validation testing. This symposium will provide an understanding of current sensor technologies and their utility for providing information regarding exposure of the human brain to external forces. 

The primary objective of this workshop is to update clinical and basic science researchers on the state-of-the-science of environmental sensors as used, both pre-clinically and clinically, to understand the diagnosis and prevention of brain trauma.   The secondary objectives of this workshop are to provide information to the community regarding 1) the development of CDEs relevant to the collection of data from sensors, 2) sensor data sharing via the Federal Interagency TBI Research (FITBIR) informatics platform, and 3) the development of an inter-agency working group to focus on the potential for standards development and data sharing for sensor-related data. 

Educational Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, all attendees will be able to:
I. Describe the neuropathology related to exposure to head impact injuries and blast forces.
II. Describe the types of sensors that are appropriate for measuring exposure to different types of forces.
III. Discuss advantages and disadvantages of data obtained from various types of environmental sensors used for traumatic brain injury.
IV. Identify data standards and data reporting criteria when working with environmental standards.
V. Network with leaders in the field of environmental sensors used for neurotrauma research, discovery, and treatment.

In addition to the learning outcomes for all attendees, at the conclusion of this workshop, students/trainees will also be able to:
VI. Identify suitable mentors for their personal and career development
VII. Identify human and tangible resources to promote their career advancement
VIII. Identify major research fields, as well as related institutions and companies in which to find meaningful career opportunities and advancement.


07:45 – 08:00      Introduction and Welcome - Col. Dennis McGurk, PhD  & Patrick Bellgowan, PhD

08:00 – 10:30      Session I:  History and Utilization of Sensors

08:00 – 09:00       Head impact sensors

-         Historical development and types of data  – Stefan Duma, PhD

-         Accuracy and context of use (research vs clinical usage) – Kristy Arbogast, PhD

09:00 – 09:15     Break

09:15 – 10:15      Blast sensors - overview of challenges and opportunities

-         Historical development and types of data – Sidney Hinds, MD

-         Blast and blast sensors-overview, utilization and accuracy – Gary Kamimori, PhD

10:15 – 10:30     Panel Discussion:  Moderator – Maj. Walter Carr, MS

10:30 – 11:00    Break 

11:00 – 13:00    Session II: Ability of Sensor Data to Predict Pathology and Brain Dysfunction

11:00 – 11:45     Pre-clinical Biomechanics and outcomes

-         Pre-clinical testing and relationship to human outcomes (experimental and computational) – Susan Margulies, PhD

-         Pre-clinical blast neuropathology –  James Stone, MD, PhD

11:45 – 12:00    Break

12:00 – 12:45     Intersection of sensor data and imaging/modeling

-         Computational Structural Predictions of Energetic Loading in an Enclosed Space - Stephen Recchia, PhD

-         Impact model and Imaging – Joel Stitzel, PhD

12:45 – 13:00     Panel Discussion:  Moderator – Patrick Bellgowan, PhD

13:00 – 14:00   Session III: Hands-on Working Lunch: 

13:00 - 14:00      Representative Demonstrations of Sensors

-        Current sensor technologies - Stefan Duma, PhD

-         Video demonstration of blast sensor use - Gary Kamimori, PhD

-         Demonstration of accelerometer technologies - David Camarillo, PhD

-         FITBIR CDE platforms discussion - Matthew McAuliffe, PhD

14:00 – 15:45    Session IV: Analytics and Technologies  

14:00 – 14:45     Analytics and Data Sharing

-         Getting from field data to research papers – how to make sense of your data – David Camarillo , PhD

-         Data sharing – Matthew McAuliffe, PhD

14:45 – 15:30     Technological Advances

-         New Technologies Impact – Brian Stemper, PhD

-         New Technologies US Armed Services – Tyler Rooks, PhD

15:30 – 15:45     Panel Discussion: Standards - Moderator – Adam Bartsch, PhD

15:45 – 16:15    Break

16:30 – 17:30    Session V: Community Building

16:30 - 17:30       Panel Discussion: Standards and Data Sharing Opportunities and Challenges - Moderator – Patrick Bellgowan, PhD

Panelists: Carr, Arbogast, Camarillo, Duma & Rooks

-         Potential for developing Standards that will allow for comparison of sensor performance in a variety of environments and across varied technologies

-         Development of data collection standard operating procedures.  What is the path forward?

-         Identification of an initial working group to determine feasibility of a minimal sensor dataset and sharing data via FITBIR or other cloud based methods. 

17:30 – 18:00    Session VI: Meet the Experts

-         Panelists will provide brief descriptions of their research interests and expertise and then be available for attendees to approach with questions regarding sensor use.


Organizing Committee:

  • Kristy Arbogast, PhD – Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Pat Bellgowan, PhD – NINDS
  • David Camarillo, PhD – Stanford University
  • Walter Carr, MS – Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
  • Stefan Duma, PhD – Virginia Tech
  • Gary Kamimori, PhD – Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
  • Susan Margulies, PhD – University of Pennsylvania
  • Tyler Rooks, MS – U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL)
  • Carol Taylor-Burds, PhD – NINDS